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Best Physical Therapists in Carlsbad, CA

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Encinitas, CA 92009 Rating

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5.0 (65)
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Why choose this provider?

LEVEL4 PT & Wellness is a sports performance clinic based in Encinitas and serving patients locally, nationally, and internationally. LEVEL4 stands out from other clinics thanks to using treatment methods that don’t involve the use of painkillers or other generic treatments, as well as their innovative Tele Health service, which guides patients via video and/or voice chat in areas of injury prevention, injury rehab, women's health, sports injury rehab, and general wellness needs. Patients have a 100% money-back satisfaction guarantee when they get treated at LEVEL4; the staff is dedicated to giving their patients effective, comfortable treatment. The team offers one-on-one 30 to 60-minute sessions with a licensed doctor of orthopedic and sports physical therapy as well options within their wellness model such as Pilates, yoga, massage, acupuncture, and fitness programs. Whether someone is uninsured or insured, LEVEL4 PT & Wellness doesn't neglect clients because of their lack of insurance coverage, by accepting cash payment options.

Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007 Rating

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5.0 (15)
5.0 (9)

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Blue Water Physical Therapy is a Cardiff-by-the-Sea clinic that has been providing patients with one-on-one sessions for more than 16 years. Areas the clinic serves include Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, Olivenhain, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Leucadia, Carlsbad, and Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Blue Water Physical Therapy offers a variety of services including fall prevention, balance training, prenatal and postnatal programs, craniosacral therapy, a metabolic fitness program, therapeutic yoga, sports specific re-training, and post-surgical and total joint replacement rehabilitation. Owner and director Erin Malecha has a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Cal State Long Beach. Patients remark on their encouragement, compassion, helpfulness, attentiveness, professionalism, knowledge, patience, efficiency, and listening skills.

Solana Beach, CA 92075 Rating

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5.0 (5)
5.0 (1)

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Solana Beach Physical Therapy strives to provide the highest form of physical therapy to every patient they treat. Patients in Solana Beach receive one-on-one treatment from a highly qualified physical therapist, and patients and their families are encouraged to take an active role in the recovery process. Their staff tailors a specialized treatment approach that is designed to meet each patient’s specific needs.The clinic offers unique opportunities for community-based physical therapy, including the pool, the beach, gym, and when necessary, a patient’s home. They serve the rehabilitation needs of pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients. Their physical therapists offer skilled assessments and treatment for a variety of issues, including neurodevelopmental dysfunction, pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation, gait and balance problems, sports injuries, acute and chronic pain, and many other conditions.

Del Mar, CA 92014 Rating

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4.5 (15)

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Rancho Del Mar Physical Therapy offers residents in Del Mar and the San Diego area a range of services to help alleviate their painful conditions. The clinic uses an individualized treatment program that is designed to meet each patient’s unique needs. Their therapists emphasize the importance of manual therapy, including joint and soft tissue mobilization, stretching, taping, and trigger point release, all combined with therapeutic exercises to improve each patient’s function and quality of life. They specialize in treating pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation, sports-related injuries, disc pathologies in the cervical and lumbar spine, balance deficits, and TMJ. The clinic has an AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill for easy ambulation with decreased pain, cold laser treatment for various types of pain, and a Certified Titleist professional to screen golfers for flexibility.

6070 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92011 Rating

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4.9 (88)
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4.6 (31)

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ProActive Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine is a physical therapy center offering services in the Carlsbad metro. It offers various physical therapy and rehabilitation services, which include hand and aquatic therapy. It also offers different approaches to injury and wellness treatment for athletes such as active release technique, Graston technique, stretch program, and neurorehabilitation. The company is composed of therapists and physicians in the fields of physical and occupational therapy.

Carlsbad, CA 92008 Rating

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5.0 (7)

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Insights for Natural Balance provides physical therapy and nutrition services for clients in Carlsbad, CA and the surrounding San Diego area. Diane Kusunose is a licensed physical therapist, biofeedback therapist, and nutritionist. She performs a variety of services for patients dealing with ongoing stress. Other services include homeopathy, herbal formulations, nutrition response testing, zyto biofeedback, and more. Also, an online store is available for clients to conveniently order needed supplements which are recommended by Diane. They currently hold a five-star rating on Yelp! where clients speak highly of their attention to detail, excellent results, and honest and caring service. Hours of operations are Mondays through Friday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Compare our Top Physical Therapists

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
LEVEL4 PT & Wellness
Encinitas, CA 92009
Blue Water Physical Therapy
Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007
Solana Beach Physical Therapy
Solana Beach, CA 92075
Rancho Del Mar Physical Therapy
Del Mar, CA 92014
ProActive Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine
6070 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92011
Insights for Natural Balance
Carlsbad, CA 92008


  • Introduction

    Physical therapy is an essential medical specialty for people that experience difficulties with performing daily activities. This includes simple tasks such as bending, walking, picking up objects, showering, and dressing. Patients that require physical therapy treatment include those with physical disabilities, old age, injuries caused by accidents, or disease.

    Physical therapy is used to help patients manage their pain, rehabilitate the affected body area, and restore optimum performance. Most physical therapists specialize in treating specific cases, such as:
    • Orthopedics, including injuries to muscles, bones, and joints.
    • Pediatric therapy to treat children's injuries and developmental conditions, such as cerebral palsy.
    • Athletic injuries, including fractures, strains, and splints.
    • Geriatric therapy for the elderly with various, conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, and stability disorders.
  • What is physical therapy?

    Physical therapy is a medical practice involving therapeutic activities to help patients regain mobility and normal bodily functions. It provides a remedy for the treatment of injuries, medical conditions, and pain management. Physical therapists receive a diagnosis from a physician, identify the appropriate treatment plan, and conduct customized therapy sessions to restore or better physical function.

  • What is the difference between occupational therapy and physical therapy?

    Physical therapy and occupational therapy retrain the body and mind and play a vital role in improving or maintaining physical functions. Occupational therapy focuses on enhancing fine-motor skills or hand-eye coordination to perform daily activities, such as getting dressed or writing. Physiotherapy concentrates on improving pain, physical deterioration, and range of motion by stimulating blood circulation with targeted exercise.

  • What do physical therapists do?

    Physical therapists help relieve pain and improve physical strength and movement to individuals of all ages with injuries or debilitating diseases, whether acute or chronic. They consult with doctors to learn about the patients' needs, evaluate movement dysfunctions, teach patients how to use equipment, and provide treatments, such as massage. Other responsibilities include monitoring progress and altering treatment as necessary.

  • What does a physical therapist assistant do?

    Physical therapist assistants work under the supervision of physical therapists. Their responsibilities include reporting patient progress and working with individuals of all ages on therapeutic exercises, gait and balance training, and how to use recovery equipment.

  • Are physical therapists doctors?

    Physical therapists are considered doctors of physical therapy and are qualified to use the title "Dr." in front of their name. The biggest difference between them and medical doctors is that PTs use exercises and massage to restore their patients' health, whereas doctors offer treatment using medications and surgeries.

  • Can physical therapists diagnose?

    Physical therapists don't perform medical diagnoses. In most cases, doctors perform the medical diagnoses and refer the patient to a physical therapist for rehabilitative treatment. The physical therapist conducts a physical evaluation to pinpoint the nature and extent of the physical damage or impairment and prepares a treatment plan.